Summit on high-performance educational buildings coming soon to New York City

Summit on high performance educational facilities announced for Sept. 16th in New York City.

By Source: Reuters September 4, 2009

BASF announced that it will host its first High Performance Buildings for Education Summit on Sept. 16 at 7 World Trade Center in New York City. 7 World Trade Center is the first commercial office building in New York City to receive U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification. Planning on attending the summit are: school administrators, architects, construction companies, general contractors, and sustainable design experts.

The discussion will include an overview of what it takes to construct or retrofit educational buildings to make the learning environment more energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and productive. Although the movement to green schools has been around for more than a decade, the recently allocated federal stimulus money for schools-more than $90 billion-provides schools with the best opportunity to get green their schools.

"BASF understands that students and educators experience multiple benefits when they are in structures that are high performing. The more energy-efficient schools become, the more money becomes available to enhance curriculum, teachers’ salaries and other resources. In fact, while traditional schools spend approximately $150 in energy costs per student, new high performance schools spend approximately $85 per student" said Jack Armstrong, Leader Construction Markets for BASF in North America.

During the event, four industry experts will address the financial return on investment of sustainable design and architecture; as well as the health and performance benefits of high performance schools. Speakers and topics include: Rob Watson, CEO, EcoTech Intl., and Founder of the LEED Green Building Rating system of the USGBC, "Learning to Build from Nature"; Vivian Loftness, LEED AP, University Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon & Co-chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Green Schools, "Greening our Nation’s Schools for Health and Performance"; David Mooij, Superintendent of Schools, Neptune Township, N.J., "A Living Textbook: Neptune’s Green Schools"; and Kris Kolluri, CEO, New Jersey Schools Development Authority, "Building the Financial Case for High Performance Schools".

The event begins at 9 a.m. EDT and ends at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Doors open at 8:15
a.m. EDT. Pre-registration is required for the event. To register for this
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